ENEE14006 - Embedded Microcontrollers

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to microcontroller basics and their real-world applications. Fundamentals of high-level structured language programming, essential for programming a microcontroller, will be taught in this unit. You will learn about different microcontroller families and their similarities and differences from an application point of view. You will also learn about microcontroller architecture, memory maps, addressing modes, interrupts, timers, counters, and hardware interfacing of a chosen microcontroller. You will learn how to program a microcontroller in a high-level language using an integrated development environment. Advance topics of reading analog inputs, implementation of Universal Synchronous Asynchronous Receiver Transmitter connections with the external world, Pulse Width Modulation, will also be covered in this unit. After learning the fundamentals of hardware interfacing you will practice them in a laboratory using a microcontroller development system based on a specific microcontroller and finally design and prototype a real-world application of the embedded system in your project using the same development system. In this unit, you must complete compulsory practical activities. Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for proposed dates.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: (ENEE13020 Digital Electronics AND ENEE13018 Analogue Electronics) OR ENEX12002 Introductory Electronics

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
Mackay
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 25%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Portfolio 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 42.86% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The explanation of the C programing language and how it has been applied to the microcontroller were very clear.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
This practice was continued.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The assessments were engaging and well designed. Also, the feedback was formative and the return time was fast.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
This practice was continued.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
The teaching team was not only well-supportive but also attended to all queries raised.
Recommendation
This good practice will be continued.
Action Taken
This practice was continued.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
Due to the nature of the course, the face to face interaction is required.
Recommendation
After the pandemic, face to face interaction will be resumed.
Action Taken
Due to the travel restrictions, the lecturer provided online support every week through tutorials, workshops and after-hours classes. The residential school was held in face-to-face mode.
Source: Student Evaluation
Feedback
More detail on pointers needs to be explained.
Recommendation
More explanation on pointers will be discussed during the lectures.
Action Taken
Further explanations on pointers were provided during the residential school.
Source: Student feedback survey.
Feedback
Good resources were provided as an introduction to C language and microcontroller programming
Recommendation
These good resources will be further enhanced.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback survey.
Feedback
The physical use of hardware in this unit gave the opportunity to apply knowledge into practice.
Recommendation
This practice will be continued.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback survey.
Feedback
The code on some lecture slides didn't work when copied and pasted.
Recommendation
Most of the code in lecture slides work straight away however, some code segments have left with errors to force students to debug the code by themselves when copied and pasted. Footnotes can be added to all example code to remind students debugging is required to develop coding skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback survey.
Feedback
Further exercises and explanations into some aspects of the hardware programming will be helpful.
Recommendation
New exercises and hardware programming examples will be added.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental structured programming knowledge to develop software solutions
  2. Program a microcontroller to interface with external devices such as analog and digital sensors, actuators, and computers
  3. Analyse and design microcontroller-based real-time applications using a given industry standard development system and software tools
  4. Prototype an embedded microcontroller system for an authentic application
  5. Communicate professionally using relevant technical terminology, symbols, and diagrams and effectively document design and prototyped solutions
  6. Work autonomously and as a team member to analyse problems and present solutions.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are linked with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Professional Engineers in the areas of 1. Knowledge and Skill Base, 2. Engineering Application Ability and 3. Professional and Personal Attributes at the following levels:

Introductory

1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. (LO: 1N 4N)

1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. (LO: 4N)

Intermediate

1.1 Comprehensive, theory-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4I)

3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. (LO: 5I 6I)

Advanced

1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. (LO: 2I 3I 4A)

1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4A)

1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities, and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. (LO: 3I 4A)

2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. (LO: 2I 3I 4A)

2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools, and resources. (LO: 1I 2I 3I 4A)

2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. (LO: 4A)

2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. (LO: 4A)

3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. (LO: 3I 4I 5A 6A)

3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. (LO: 5A 6A)

3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. (LO: 3I 4A 5A 6A)

3.4 Professional use and management of information. (LO: 3I 4A 5A 6A)

3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. (LO: 5A 6A)

Note: LO refers to the Learning Outcome number(s) which link to the competency and the levels: N – Introductory, I – Intermediate and A - Advanced.

Refer to the Engineering Undergraduate Course Moodle site for further information on the Engineers Australia's Stage 1 Competency Standard for Professional Engineers and course level mapping information https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1511

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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